Behind the Scenes at Royal Wood’s “Your National Moment” campaign photo shoot

Royal Wood’s fan base continues to grow at home and abroad, and his appearances as part of NAC Presents in partnership with BMO Financial Group have had a significant impact.

“Playing to a full house at the National Arts Centre was so special, so energizing. It was an honour,” he said. “I’m now performing around the world, in part because of the respect there is internationally for the NAC. If you’ve headlined there, you can stand tall.”

Growing up in Peterborough, Ontario, Royal Wood realized early on that music and art and literature weren’t his career choices — they were his calling.

“It’s what I wake with every morning and what I think about when I go to bed.”

Royal Wood is proclaimed by critics, fans and the industry alike as a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents. And he's just released his fifth studio album “The Burning Bright.” Breathtakingly poignant, the album captures his truest, most confident musical voice even as it chronicles an extraordinary year of tumult, travel and personal discovery.

The album was written in Ireland and Los Angeles, and recorded in L.A. and Toronto. It showcases a deeper and more introspective side of Wood, and finds him collaborating in new ways—continuing to break boundaries as an artist.

Wood’s records have been released worldwide on Maple Music Recordings/Universal, Rounder Europe and Toy Town Records in the UK, and he has successfully toured Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Ireland and Italy. Wood has opened national tours for David Gray, Sarah Harmer and Serena Ryder, and has headlined venues across the world, selling out dates along the way.

  • Photoshoot by Shin Sugino
  • Artistic direction: Henry Zalusky Scott Thornley + Company
  • Behind the Scene Camera: Michael Haley

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